Tuesday, May 20, 2008

PBS Strikes Again...And Other Weekend Adventures

This past weekend, we decided that we wanted to do something “outside”. Saturday was going to be a beautiful day so we should take advantage it.

So, sometime last week, I asked Matt to come up with a few ideas. We would then decide. (With me having FULL veto power)

The one thing you need to know about Matt is that he’s a HUGE PBS junkie!! They own him!! I should have know that what ever he was going to suggest, he got from a show that was brought to us by The McArthur Foundation and Viewers like You.

With a quick skim through his email and a vague recollection of the documentary on it, we decided on the Anderson Japanese Gardens.

We got to the Gardens and went into the Visitor’s Center. After a quick bathroom break, Matt went up to pay for admission while I concentrated on keeping little hand off of breakable things in the gift shop.

After a couple of minutes Matt came up to us with 2 bags of coy food, a map and 4 stickers that we had to wear to prove we paid. They were very nice stickers with Japanese writing on them, Matt handed them to me and here’s how this conversation went;

Me: “These are kind of nice, I wonder what they say?”

Matt: “Oh, she told me, and I can’t remember.” “Oh, that’s right; they say ‘In This Woman I Am Content’”

Me: “Really? That’s odd and kind of dirty!”

Matt: “That what the girl told me it said.”

Me: “I wonder why they chose that instead of something like ‘In This Moment I Am Content’”

Matt: “Wait a minute, THAT’S what it says ‘In This MOMENT I Am Content’; I guess I got it wrong.”

Me: “It’s a good thing you’re not a UN Dignitary.”

Here are some pictures of the garden; it is really beautiful and tranquil there.

After the Garden, we had plans to meet my favorite Cubs player, Ryan Theriot. (Pronounced Terry-O) He was signing autographs from 6-8 at a sporting goods store by my house. After that, we promised the girls that we would go to the drive-in to see Horton Hears a Hoo.
We got to the sporting goods store at 5:15pm and the line was HUGE!!!

I was so excited but I told my family that we didn’t have to stay; we could just go to the drive-in.

Emerson said “Mommy, you stood in line with me to meet Jason Earles, we can stand in line with you!”

When we FINALLY got up to meet him, Matt asked him sign the shirt he was wearing!! Right on his chest!! Ryan started to laugh but he accommodated. Then it was Emerson’s turn and she and Vivi went up together, he signed Emerson’s ball and then gave the girls each a picture of himself.

Then it was my turn! I thought about what I would say to him when I got up there. I was going to tell him that he was a great player and that he was a real asset to the team etc. When I got to the table he said “Hi.” And all that came out of my mouth was “Hi.” Then I just stood there with a goofy smile on my face while he signed my ball for me. When he was done I was able to muster a “Thank you.” But that was it. I was so scared that I was going to say something that might have been misconstrued and that I would end up with a restraining order along with my autographed baseball.

Needless to say, I made no kind of impression, good, bad or otherwise.

After that, we drove to the drive-in and we all enjoyed Horton Hears a Hoo.


Anonymous said...

That sounds like how I was when we met your bff Jenny McCarthy! Afraid to misspeak!